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How to draw Q-MI

Zentngle pattern: Q-Mi. Image © Linda Farmer and ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.We have our first long weekend of the year here in the USA with the observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday.

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Taiwan CZT Damy (Mei Hua) Teng shares her 30th tangle on the site with us today!

Q-Mi is a Cadent-inspired tangle that produces a pretty, floral motif in a very simple way.

Damy writes that Q-Mi is named for her cat. I left my example of Q-Mi quite basic but in this tile Damy shows a host of ways to embellish Q-Mi.


Q-Mi is “somewhat similar to tangling Cadent. Q-Mi uses the elemental C and S strokes.”

In describing what it means for a pattern to be “drawn as a tangle”, Zentangle® co-founder Rick Roberts also describes what is meant by “elemental strokes”:

‘Drawn as a tangle’ means that you repeat a series of elemental strokes in a certain structured way so you inevitably end up with a particular pattern without needing to know what the pattern you are creating is supposed to look like.

Usually the number of elemental strokes needed are 3 or less. Often, you only need one or two. By ‘elemental strokes’ we mean a dot, a straight(-ish) line, a curve (like a parenthesis), a reverse curve (like an ‘S’), and an orb or circle.

Here’s another lovely tile from Damy with more ways to embellish Q-Mi.

For Step 1 in tangling Q-Mi, I found it helped in aligning everything to create all the matching pairs of C-curve strokes, like parentheses, first:  ) (   )  (  — then turn my tile and “close up” the shapes. The final S strokes create the floral element. Easier than the embellishment decision-making!

Damy illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Q-Mi below.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Q-Mi, tangle and deconstruction by Mei Hua (Damy) Teng. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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4 comments to How to draw Q-MI

  • Margaret

    Ohhhhh this is outstanding!!
    Thank you so much for another beautiful Damy tangle!

  • Rosemary Turpin

    Oh, I have had SUCH fun tangling Damy`s Q-mi. Those central stars look as though their arms are twisted around each other! It also reminded me of when Iwas young and my mother was in amateur plays and she would want to practice her memorized lines. She`d say “Cue me!”
    and I`d read her the ends of the lines occurring before hers.

  • HeidiSue

    This is a wonderful tangle! It is always so much fun when a tangle “morphs” into a different shape, or you can see two shapes on the edges of each other. Going to have MUCH FUN playing! Thank you, Damy!

  • Lee K

    Love it!It came together so easily, and looks so pretty.
    These will be seen as poinsettia next Christmas season?
    Thank you, Damy.

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